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Published on August 12th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on August 12th, 2016 | By: April Gocha


Coorstek’s engineered ceramic membrane produces a range of chemicals from natural gas

CoorsTek announced that a team of scientists from CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, the University of Oslo (Norway), and the Instituto de Tecnología Química (Spain) has developed a new process to use natural gas as raw material for aromatic chemicals. The process uses a novel ceramic membrane to make the direct, non-oxidative conversion of gas to liquids possible for the first time.


US manufacturing growth cooled in July from one-year high

U.S. manufacturing expanded in July, though at a slower pace, indicating gradual improvement that could help the economy emerge from a weak first half of the year. The Institute for Supply Management’s index cooled to 52.6 from a one-year high of 53.2 a month earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed Monday. Readings above 50 indicate growth. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists was 53.


Venezuela takes over Guardian’s glass factory

The government of Venezuela recently seized Guardian Industries’ float glass plant there, according to reports from the country’s state-affiliated media and a press release from the U.S.-based company. A from Venezuela’s national news agency says President Nicolas Maduro discussed the “surprise closure” of a U.S. glass company in Monagas, where Guardian’s plant is located.


Saint-Gobain says Brexit may have silver construction lining

Britain’s decision to quit the European Union has caused uncertainty but is unlikely to have a significant impact on business and may be a boost for the construction industry, French building supplies group Saint-Gobain said. Amid signs that the Brexit vote is hurting the economy, government officials have signaled they will ease back on austerity and said that it is important to see through ongoing big infrastructure projects.


Safelite to close Enfield plant and exit automotive glass manufacturing

Safelite AutoGlass, the nation’s largest automotive glass installation company, will close its plant in Enfield, N.C., and cease manufacturing automotive glass parts before the end of the year. Officials say the decision was based on the increased complexity—and cost—of manufacturing such parts as their complexity and number of different types are expected to increase rapidly in the future.


Graphite Supply Chain 2016 conference and workshop upcoming in Newport Beach, Calif.

Graphite Supply Chain 2016 will take place Nov. 13–15 at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach, Calif. The event is the world’s new meeting place for the natural graphite industry: from mine to market. Three days of presentations, workshops and networking events all dedicated to examining the present and future of the natural graphite industry; covering emerging markets, such as lithium-ion batteries, and established large volume uses, such as refractories and foundry.


MFG Day officials seek endorsing manufacturing companies

Manufacturing Day will be held October 7, 2016, with events happening at manufacturing locations across the country. Officials from the National Association of Manufacturers, co-organizer of the event, are looking for endorsing companies. Becoming an official Endorser of MFG Day is free and shows that the organization supports a day created for the manufacturing community, according to NAM.


Global market for piezoelectric sensors and ultrasonic transducers to reach $6B by 2020

Due to the emergence of the Internet of Things and automation in industrial processing and home applications, the demand for sensors and transducers has increased dramatically. According to a recently published iRAP report, titled ‘Piezoelectric Sensors and Ultrasonic Transducers – Types, Materials, Applications, New Developments, Industry Structure and Global Markets’, the global market for PE sensors and ultrasonic transducers is expected to grow at a rate of 6.7% to reach $6 billion 2020.


Quantum Materials developing nanomaterials for tracing fracking fluids to point of origin

Leading North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corporation today announced that the Company has partnered with a Texas-based E&P technology business and is currently developing specialized nanomaterials for use in oil and gas well production optimization. The project is targeting new materials that are expected to provide for safer and more efficient recovery of hydrocarbon resources.


Guardian Glass moves European auto activities under new business unit

Guardian Glass’ automotive activities in Europe have been integrated into a single business. Guardian Automotive combines the company’s European manufacturing facilities, as well as warehousing and distribution services, which were previously run as separate entities. Guardian Automotive currently has two manufacturing facilities in Llodio and Valencia, Spain, and a central warehouse in Karlsruhe, Germany, which serve distributors and AGRR service locations.


New ASTM C28 standards for specifying, classifying, and testing CMCs

The ASTM C28 advanced ceramics subcommittee has published 5 new CMC documents in the last year that are of interest to the CMC community:

  • C1783-15 Standard Guide for Development of Specifications for Fiber Reinforced Carbon-Carbon Composite Structures for Nuclear Applications;
  • C1793-15 Standard Guide for Development of Specifications for Fiber Reinforced Silicon Carbide-Silicon Carbide Composite Structures for Nuclear Applications;
  • C1819-15 Standard Test Method for Hoop Tensile Strength of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Advanced Ceramic Composite Tubular Test Specimens at Ambient Temperature Using Elastomeric Inserts;
  • C1835-16 Standard Classification for Fiber Reinforced Silicon Carbide-Silicon Carbide (SiC-SiC) Composite Structures; and
  • C1836-16 Standard Classification for Fiber Reinforced Carbon-Carbon Composite Structures.


3M licenses dental ceramics coloring technology to Dental Direkt

3M announced that after winning a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against Dental Direkt GmbH involving technology that enables the coloring of ceramic-based dental restorations, Dental Direkt GmbH will license this patented technology from 3M.


UbiQD wins grant to turn windows into solar generators

The Los Alamos-based startup Ubiquitous Quantum Dots, or UbiQD LLC, believes it can harness the solar rays that beam through windows every day to power consumer products, and eventually entire buildings. The company, which is commercializing a low-cost method for manufacturing quantum dots, won a $225,000 grant from NSF to apply its dot technology as a coating on glass windows.


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